2nd May – Electric Cars

On the 2nd May, we welcomed Trevor Larkum from Fuel Included. Trevor brought his fully electric car for us to look at and kindly did a Q & A session for us.

As you might expect we covered all aspects of owning an electric car, including range, recharging points, costs, carbon footprint from manufacture to recycling and all the other essentials.

Perhaps more interesting for me was the move into home battery storage for night time power supply. The systems are now available to store unused daytime PV electricity instead of feeding it into the grid. With the reduction of Feed-In Tariffs (they will go all together on new installations) this goes a long way to improving the payback time especially when this is coupled with the reduction in solar panel costs! Use of a ‘Green Energy’ electricity supplier is as always, a key part of reducing the carbon footprint of any system.  Of course, nothing beats using less energy so improving insulation to in the home is a top choice.

 

6th September – Elsie’s Cafe

On the 6th September, we were joined by Shena Cooper of the Real Junk Food project. Shena told us all about her group’s successful work in gaining access to food that would otherwise end up wasted and making sure it was used. Shena explained how much good food was being thrown away as ‘use by’, ‘sell by’ and ‘best before’ dates were safeguarding consumers but resulted in perfectly usable food being thrown out too early.

Shena also explained that the major supermarkets could do more to make such food available rather than send it to landfill and while they all offered help only Morrisons were fully engaged in the scheme. Elsie’s café in the Community Centre on the Exeter Road estate would love to see you for a ‘pay as you feel’ lunch (remember they have expenses even though they are volunteers) See their website for opening times.